2020 is over, but there’s one more job left to do - look back at the music that got us through the year in the 2020 ARIA Charts.
International superstars The Weeknd and Harry Styles, multiple ARIA Award winner Tones And I and ARIA Hall Of Fame legends AC/DC are amongst the acts who dominated the ARIA Charts in 2020. Luke Combs, Post Malone and SAINt JHN lead the end of year genre charts whilst winner of the ARIA Award for Album Of The Year Tame Impala tops the vinyl charts.
2020 ARIA Singles Top 10
The Weeknd tops the 2020 Singles chart with his #1 single ‘Blinding Lights’. Taken from the Canadian’s fourth album After Hours, it first charted in Australia in November 2019 and hit #1 for the first time in January 2020, and held that position for 11 weeks. It held #1 for longer than any other single in 2020. Follow up single ‘In Your Eyes’ makes the chart at #92. After Hours sits at #9 in the 2020 ARIA Albums Charts.
2020 ARIA Australian Artists Singles Top 10
Tones And I takes out four spots in the 2020 Australian Artists Singles Chart, including the top two. The multiple ARIA Award Winner tops the chart with ‘Dance Monkey’ (#1) and ‘Never Seen The Rain’ (#2), and is also in the chart with ‘Bad Child’ (#8) and ‘Johnny Run Away’ (#43). ‘Dance Monkey’ hit #1 on the singles chart for three weeks in January 2020, and a record breaking 21 weeks in 2019. Three songs also make the 2020 Singles Chart (‘Dance Monkey’ - #4, ‘Never Seen The Rain’ - #24 and ‘Bad Child’ - #85). The last time there was a double at the top of an End of Year Australian Artist Singles Chart was Savage Garden in 1997 with ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ and ‘To The Moon And Back’.
2020 ARIA Albums Top 10
Topping the 2020 ARIA Albums Charts is Harry Styles with his second album Fine Line. First released in December 2019, it debuted at #1 and spent only one week at #1 in 2020. Yet the album held its popularity, and it remained in the Top Ten for 48 weeks in 2020. Styles' popularity also saw him win the fan voted 2020 ARIA Award for Best International Artist. In the 2020 Singles Chart, Styles has two entries - ‘Watermelon Sugar’ (#6), ‘Adore You’ (#11) and ‘Falling’ (#78). Fine Line is also #7 in the 2020 Vinyl Albums Chart.
2020 ARIA Australian Artists Albums Top 10
At the top of the 2020 Australian Artists Albums Chart is AC/DC with their seventeenth studio album PWRϟUP. It tops the chart even though it was released in mid-November, with just six chart eligible weeks. It spent four of those six weeks at #1, a record for the legendary rock group. It is the second year-end chart topper for AC/DC, who previously topped the End Of Year Australian Artists Album Chart in 2008 with Black Ice. PWRϟUP also sits at #4 in the 2020 Vinyl Albums Chart.
2020 Vinyl Albums Top 10
Tame Impala tops the first End Of Year Vinyl Albums Chart with their fourth album The Slow Rush. It debuted at #1 in the Albums Chart in February when it was released and went on to win the 2020 ARIA Award for Album Of The Year. The Slow Rush also makes #19 on the 2020 Albums Chart whilst their 2015 album Currents lands at #91. Tame Impala makes one appearance in the 2020 Singles Chart with ‘The Less I Know The Better’ (taken from Currents) at #88.
2020 Country Albums Top 5
Luke Combs tops the country album releases for 2020, taking out the top two spots. What You See Is What You Get debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums chart in November 2019, with a deluxe edition released in 2020. ARIA Award winner Keith Urban is the highest charting Australian artist on the list with his 11th album The Speed Of Now Part 1.
2020 Dance Singles Top 5
2020 Dance Albums Top 5
In dance, SAINt JHN tops the singles with ‘Roses’. The song was first released in 2016 but a remix became a hit in 2019, hitting #1 in Australia for two weeks in April. ‘Rushing Back’, Flume’s collaboration with Vera Blue, is the highest charting Australian single on the list. The song was nominated for the 2020 ARIA Award for Song Of The Year.
World War Joy, the third album from American DJ duo The Chainsmokers was released in December 2019 and tops the dance albums list. Sydney DJ Hayden James is the highest charting Australian with his debut album Between Us.
2020 Hip Hop and R&B Singles Top 5
2020 Hip Hop and R&B Albums Top 5
Post Malone dominated the year end Hip Hop & R&B Albums charts, topping albums with 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding and his 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys lands at #6. Malone also has three songs on the 2020 Hip Hop And R&B Singles chart with ‘Circles’ (#3), ‘I Fall Apart’ (#45) and Wow (#46). The Kid Laroi has the highest charting Australian album with F*ck Love, which was later re-released as deluxe edition called F*ck Love (Savage). Hilltop Hoods have the highest charting Australian single with their 2020 release ‘I’m Good’.